Nov. 22, 2019

HARRISBURG – Reps. Tim O’Neal (R-Washington) and Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Allegheny) issued the following statement after Gov. Tom Wolf called for the Department of Health to advance two research studies in Southwestern Pennsylvania focused on the prevalence of childhood cancers and other health conditions:

“Today, the governor called for two three-year studies focused on the health impacts of natural gas development. Because we’ve heard from families who have concerning diagnoses, we’ve been working on this important topic since the spring. There appears to be elevated levels of childhood cancers and asthma, so more information is critical.

“To reduce the $3 million cost of the studies, we have been working with Sen. Toomey to secure grant funding. A list of grants is expected to be available before Thanksgiving.

“Thanks to the studies the governor has authorized, we will have much-needed information and will be able to act accordingly to preserve the safety of all Commonwealth residents.”

Representative Tim O’Neal
48th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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